If you are looking for a sturdy, tank like build quality multi tool but slightly tight on budget, the Leatherman Super Tool 300 is definitely the one you should get. With the kind of offer we see, this tool seems to be the best value for money heavy duty plier shape multi tool. In this Leatherman Super Tool 300 review, I would guide you through to some of the most pronounced things about this great tools.
Design and construction:
As you may guess, the Leatherman Super Tool 300 is a stainless steel plier style multi tool where the first thing you see when opening up the tool is the plier head. Most other tools are hidden inside the 2 handles.
The tool is a large and heavy multi tool with its length (closed) and weight are 4.5 inches and 9.6 ounces relatively. Many people will say the Super Tool 300 too big and pointlessly heavy, but if you are in the market for a tactical quality multi tool, do not expect to find something lighter or smaller. For comparison, you can look at the SOG Powerlock B61-N.
The Leatherman Super Tool 300, like many other multi tools reviewed on this site comes with 2 options for color. They are plain stainless steel and black oxide. Though I personally prefer the first option for its shininess and invisible scratch marks, the latter is preferred by those who need to keep their tool from being reflective and hence invisible when hiding, such as hunters, soldiers, etc…
Similar to other Leatherman multi tools, the Super Tool 300 is constructed well, with very well thought of design on where to put which tools so that it can maximize the number of tools held and their quality.
As listed on the manufacturer website, the heavy duty multi tool has a total number of tools equal to 19, but if you actually count the pieces, the number will be less because Leatherman usually put a few tools into each piece.
And now, we shall look at the tools in more details.
To my own experience, each multi tool out there has their own unique selling point that nothing else or very few others can compete on. The Super Tool 300, however, has a few of those.
Plier head: EOD vs Non-EOD
The first thing I have to mention is the plier section. I shall call it the plier section because there are actually 6 tools built into the plier head. These are the needlenose and regular pliers, wire cutters, hard wire cutters, stranded wire stripper and electrical crimper. Please note if you happen to deal with wires often, then the Leatherman Super Tool 300 EOD may be a better choice. The EOD version of the Super Tool 300 differs from the non EOD by the existence of a cap crimper instead of the regular pliers (or bolt gripper as someone may like to call them).
Regular Pliers – Overall, the pliers are large, almost 1.5 times bigger than one on the Leatherman Charge TTi. There is no side rattling parts. With these pliers in hand, you will be assured to get even the toughest thing gripped tightly.
Needlenose – While the regular pliers are strong, the needlenose is super precisely machined, where the 2 tips leave no gap whatsoever when being closed. Though the needlenose is not very long and the whole plier head is a bit fat (so no narrow and deep reach) but if you need to grip something with precision, this pointed head is totally fine.
Wire Cutters – Like other heavy duty multi tools, the Leatherman Super Tool 300 has very strong 154CM steel wire & hard wire cutters. Those the cutters can bear hardcore wire cutting for some time, but you can also have the option to replace them when needed. On the other side of the pivot bolt (handle side), there are the electrical crimper and a stranded wire cutter. The stranded wire cutter has been tested and could cut stranded wires up to 1.97 mm (1/13 inches) in diameter without trouble.
As with most other big guys from Leatherman, the Super Tool 300 has 2 separate blades, which are clip point and serrated. Both of these blades are made of 420HC stainless steel, which is very hard and corrosion proof. While the clip point blade may be employed more often, the serrated one is useful for cutting open packages and boxes.
Although these tools are often used, but the classic design of the Super Tool 300 prevents them from being accessed from the outside with one hand. Also with the everything-is-hiding-inside design, you have to flip open the whole multi tool to reach the inner tools.
Perhaps, the only tool you can use right away without even touching anything is the ruler. The Leatherman Super Tool 300 has a 9 inches (roughly 22 cm) long ruler. It is basically engraved onto the side of the handles. But of course, if you want to get the full length measurement, you still have to open the tool.
3 sided file can be used for metal and wood, etc… The file is about 1/4 inches longer than one on the Charge TTi.
Long wood saw with double tooth pattern allows you to cut on both push and pull actions as oppose to the single tooth pattern design. Again it is longer than one in the Charge, Wave or even the Blast. If you get the EOD version of this tool, the saw blade is replaceable.
The Leatherman Super Tool 300 has 3 flat head drivers (large, medium and small). These drivers can also be used for prying tins.
Apart from the flat drivers, this multi tool also has a very nicely design and long Phillips driver. With over 2 inches in length, you can definitely reach deeper screws using this driver.
- The awl on this tool is super pointed and has a thread hole. I do not usually use this much but if I need to punch some holes on my belt, it definitely helps a bunch.
- A usual can opener
- Lanyard ring
- CP punch (EOD version only)
The only downside
The Leatherman Super Tool 300 is a great multi tool overall but it is not perfect. What makes the imperfection is the missing pair of scissors. However, if you do not mind to carry a separate pair of scissors with you, or you just simply do not need one, then the multi tool could be your ideal tool.
Through use, I have also notice a bit of an issue with the locks. They rattle a tiny bit but it is still very strong and sturdy and holds the tools securely opened so may be it is not an issue to worry about after all.
I hope this Leatherman Super Tool 300 review has given you insight information about the tool. It is now your decision to make. If you still have some doubts about this tool, you can have a look at other great multi tools here.